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How the FCC Can Save Net Neutrality and Still Ruin the Internet

Mike Montgomery | Posted 08.15.2014 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

I'm pro-net neutrality, but anti-1934-style strangulation. Where does that leave me? According to the approaches under consideration, I may soon be a man without a country. Good thing the Internet, at least for now, doesn't require a passport.

So You Want to Start An English-Language News Site?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.25.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Friends and acquaintances across the Middle East/North Africa region often ask for advice on matters related to journalism, media in general, ethics, and how to prepare young people for this very exciting and ever-changing field.

'Nichification' and More Alter Mostly Mobile Classifieds

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.03.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Here's a new one: 'nichification' in classified advertisements. As if they weren't already categorized into assorted and sundry. Except now they're more than the print variety to which so many of us have grown accustomed.

Bold New Plan to Help Brilliant, Creative People Get Paid

Lee Schneider | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Lee Schneider

Creative Commons creates a legitimate mechanism allowing sharing for free. But what if the artist wants a choice?

What's Next for Facebook and Social Media? 5 Trends to Watch After the IPO

Ryan Holmes | Posted 07.17.2012 | Technology
Ryan Holmes

The Facebook IPO is a watershed moment in social media. It leaves no doubt that social networks are a true cultural and financial force. Social media is here to stay. It's not a fad. And it's huge business. The big question is what's next.

Report: Spotify Inks U.S. Deal with World's Largest Record Label

Eliot Van Buskirk | Posted 08.14.2011 | Technology
Eliot Van Buskirk

Spotify has reportedly made a deal with Universal Music Group, the behemoth among record labels, to distribute its music online in the United States.

Thinking "Inside" the Box: How Freeloaders Can Make You a Load of Cash

Tom Grasty | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Tom Grasty

As an internet entrepreneur, the question I'm asked most often is this: "How are you going to make money?" I tell them the plan isn't to charge for our service, and what happens next never fails.

Should Internet Content Be Free? The Best Model to Save Newspapers, Books, and Music in the Digital Age

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Anis Shivani

How can we retain, even enhance, creativity in the digital age, taking advantage of near-zero costs of redistribution? Two recent books consider the question.

The Economist Eats the WSJ's Lunch

Charles Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Charles Warner

The Economist makes a lot of money and the WSJ loses a lot of money, even though they both have a freemium business model for their Web offering. Why?